Govt studying to include shopping malls and public transport in list of scheduled premises for Vaccine Pass


28th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong government announced yesterday (27th) that the “vaccine bubble” will be renamed “vaccine pass”. At the same time, the “Cap 599F” Ordinance will be amended to expand the scheduled premises to cover more places. According to sources, the authorities are planning to include shopping malls and public transport in the list of scheduled premises, but further research and consideration are still needed. In future, the app may also be required to use public transport.

David Hui, a government expert advisor and chair professor of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at CUHK, said on a radio program this morning (28th) that the “war” against the virus requires an increase in the vaccination rate. From a public health perspective, public transport is very crowded, the MTR and the buses are at high risk, so he absolutely agreed to include public transport and shopping malls in the scope of vaccination, but it is technically difficult.

As for yesterday (27th), there were 164 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, a new high since the epidemic. According to the literature analysis of the past four waves of epidemics, Hui found that one chain of transmission in the community in the past is equivalent to 3 to 4 this time. It is estimated that the current community has at least 90 transmission chains. Regarding the suspicion of vertical transmission in Cheung Bor House, Choi Wan (1) Estate, Hui hopes to evacuate the relevant residents to help stop the spread of the virus in the building. He also pointed out that although the cases in Kwai Chung Estate have dropped, it is not 100% sure that the transmission chain has been cut off.

In addition, he believes that the government’s move to shorten the hotel quarantine period for arrivals to 14 days from next Saturday onwards, plus a 7-day self-monitoring is sufficient because the incubation period of Omicron virus is generally 4 to 10 days. Ninety percent of Delta virus patients also developed symptoms within 14 days of infection.